2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Bedroom

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Bedroom

Katie Leede‘s rooms always have an alluring artsy edge with an interesting narrative. Her bedroom at the Hampton showhouse is again a masterfully layered space with a creative mix of textiles and furnishings. The serene palette of creams, blues, browns and greens is enlivened with glints of gold and silver to add some sparkle and drama.

Katie’s own Menna fabric covers the wall, anchoring the space with a graphic nature-inspired pattern. The hanging Viya Home Flame of the Forest light (available through Stephanie Odegard) echoes the spiky theme with its amazing organic shape in a warm metallic.

The designer explained, “I wanted to both celebrate the abundant creativity found in the natural world around us and to highlight the beauty and glamour of all that is the Hamptons.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Pool Area

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Pool Area

My visit to the showhouse included the evening of the opening night party. And thanks to the beautiful weather, everyone congregated in the back on the terrace, lawn and by the pool.

The pool area was enhanced by designer Tara Seawright, who created a casually chic space with several sitting and lounging areas. In considering her project, Seawright knew she wanted to create an environment that a family could enjoy together, hence the giant blow up swans which were a major hit. Tara’s stylish orange Lela Rose coat, a favorite of mine from the spring collection, was actually part of the inspiration for her design.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Front Garden

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Front Garden

Over the next several days, we will be finishing up our look at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. For the weekend, we’ll be spending a little time outside. As I approached the house, I was immediately struck by the handsome landscaping. Casual, yet tailored, it was a lovely combination of container and in-ground plantings.

While I took a few of my own shots above, I was delighted to receive some additional images from the designer Antonio Parratta showing the progression of the landscaping, starting with the original sketch below.

Parratta used mature specimen trees and shrubs to stay in line with the scale of the large house.…

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Richard Keith Langham’s Country Charm

Richard Keith Langham’s Country Charm

Richard Keith Langham is decidedly old school. And I mean that as a compliment. It certainly doesn’t imply his designs look dated but it does mean that they have an eminent livability reminiscent of his southern upbringing. He is a master of classic timeless rooms grounded in English heritage, gleaned from his years working in the studios of Mark Hampton and Keith Irvine. And yet his designs are often infused with a sense of whimsical drama and unexpected eccentricities. So when friend Follin Smith moved to rural Pennsylvania, Langham was who she called to infuse the lackluster property with plenty of personality.…

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The Sixth Annual Hearst Designer Visions

The Sixth Annual Hearst Designer Visions

While I plan on enjoying the rest of August, which is already passing way too quickly, I am, at the same time, getting excited about the many events already on the horizon for fall. One I just heard the details about is Hearst’s sixth annual Designer Visions, this year to be held at El Ad Group‘s luxury Tribeca property 250 West Street, designed by Gal Nauer Architects. Each of Hearst’s trifecta of design publications, ELLE DECOR (participating for the first time this year), House Beautiful and VERANDA will partner with a designer to create a spectacular apartment reflecting the magazines’ individual styles.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Master Bedroom

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Master Bedroom

Robert Passal‘s master bedroom at the Hampton Designer Showhouse has major wow power. With a fresh eye popping color scheme and mix of sensuous and tailored furniture, it is a feel good room with major appeal. “The feeling I tried to convey was a personalized, comfortable, easy yet luxurious space with a coloration that instantly made you feel like it was a beautiful summer day.”

The showstopper is the fabulous wall treatment Passal commissioned from the talented Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios, about whom I have written before. “The coloration of the room was based on a bouquet of fresh flowers I had seen at the Union Square market. …

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Nursery

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Nursery

Tamara Kaye-Honey has a distinctive point of view and her creative nursery at the Hampton Designer Showhouse is a perfect vehicle for her “New Vintage” style. The unexpected use of bold colors and dark paint gives the room an urbane edge. “I really think kids spaces should be a continuation of the main living spaces and be both sophisticated and playful. Childrens’ spaces need not be themey or overly colored in primary colors. We want our children to grow into their rooms and have an appreciation and understand of quality and good design.”

The LUSH wallpaper designed by Mary Kysar of the Portland based Makelike studio set the stage as a dramatic design statement.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Guest Retreat

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Guest Retreat

There was something not quite definable but so very appealing about Tammy Connor‘s bedroom at Traditional Home‘s 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse. It immediately brought back the best memories of summers past – the feel of cool ironed sheets against a sunburned back, watching fireflies light up in a pierced top mason jar on my nightstand or reading with a flashlight under the covers long after even my late summer bedtime.

Perhaps it’s her relaxed southern elegance or timeless approach to her interiors that imbued this room with an authenticity reminiscent of summers the way they ought to be.…

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Meissen Home: A New Lifestyle Destination

Meissen Home: A New Lifestyle Destination

I have no idea how this escaped my attention, but Meissen, the fabled German porcelain manufacturer, has now branched out into lifestyle – in a big way. As we learned from the Financial Times Luxury Conference this is clearly a trend for luxury brands worldwide!

I stumbled upon the beautiful new Meissen site and was amazed. Meissen is of course renowned for its tableware, but the company is now, with Meissen Home, moving into the entire house, with products including paint, lighting, furniture and textiles as well as bespoke design and architectural services.

The new flagship store on Via Monte Napoleone in Milan, which opened during Salone (the Milan home furnishings fair) in the spring, represents the first time that all of Meissen is displayed in one space.…

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Updating a Legacy

Updating a Legacy

Please make the hop and visit me over at Cottage & Gardens, where my latest piece is live. We have taken a peek at the luxurious legacy of Lalique here – but another aspect of the brand’s rejuvenation is how architects and designers are creatively incorporating the crystal into both residential and commercial projects. Join me there as I take a look.

 

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